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Question 16 April 2003


My Question: I am having a serious problem with my mouse. I have an older Pentium computer. Not the fastest, but it does all the things I need it to do. My 4 year old mouse has died. I tried cleaning and all the other things but the mouse is just dead. The problem is that I donít have a USB port or one of those round sockets that the newer mouse fits into. My mouse socket is trapezoid shaped. I bought a mouse with a round shaped plug and an adaptor that would allow it to fit in the trapezoid socket, but this didnít work. Does this mean I have to have a major upgrade to my computer.







Good question. The modern mouse usually works on either a USB or PS2 port (the round socket). The trapezoid plug is called a Serial Plug. You might be able to purchase an adaptor that will adapt from serial port to PS2 port, but even with an adaptor a PS2 mouse might not work in a serial port, because the circuitry in the mouse could be different. Still, it may be worth a try. You might find an adaptor at an electronics store (Tandy, Dick Smith's, Jaycar).

Another solution is to install a USB card in your computer. Having this done would be in the $100.00 range. This would also allow you to use other USB devices.

It may be time to consider a new computer. Prices are reasonable now. Even though your computer is doing all you need you are missing out on a lot of new technology that will really make your computing more exciting.

Extra Tip: If you are ever stuck with a mouse that doesnít work remember that you can manoeuvre around using different key stroke combinations. The manual that comes with many programs will explain the different key stroke combos to use.

Happy Computing,


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